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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 13, 2011 9:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

I recently went wireless ( a Mac guy, so it is the "airport" ) , after having problems getting a new USB EN connector ( long story ...). It is great... when it works . Quite often I get the "you are not connected to the internet ",and have to go through the , unplugging, plugging game . I talk to other people and they say "it can happen", or "it is normal" . There have been some comments that downloading can trip it up .
So my question is, does anyone have an opinion , for us that DO a lot of downloading, pros and cons of wireless . Or any tips from wireless users .
Help !

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Poster: august_wst Date: Apr 13, 2011 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

Hey Dudley

Being a Mac guy who manages a large all Mac environment I am familiar with some of the Mac's quirks. One of which is the occasional tendency for Airport to drop off. I have noticed that most of the time this happens when the system comes out of sleep mode and it doesn't renegotiate the connection. And if your system is sitting and only downloading, the system can easily slip in to sleep if your settings are not set up properly, especially if you just go with the defaults.

What you may want to try a test to see if this is your problem. Here is a free little Utility called Caffeine (link attached below) it's only purpose is to suspend your sleep settings for a temporary period that you can determine. Trying setting it to run manually for a "Indefinite" period (make sure the cup is black for it to be on) and start your download. Let me know.

By the way, I am not on the forum everyday so reply to this thread if you this doesn't work and you want to try other things. that way it emails me.

Caffiene - http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_utilities/caffeine.html

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 13, 2011 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

Thank you August : I had it happen today , when I was trying to add a comment to a thread ( guess it didn't want my thoughts on "Further vs The Dead"!).
I think I will try the "caffeine", I have heard that it takes a while for wireless router and the computer to "synch" , and my laptop goes to sleep if I leave it on , might help the two to "get better aquatinted .
I will let you know by a later post on this thread , what goes .
Thanks for the input .

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Poster: august_wst Date: Apr 14, 2011 5:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

Alternatively, it could just be a flaky router. Do you have a friends network you could test with to isolate?

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 14, 2011 7:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

The though has occurred to me , One problem is it is so intermittent . It can go for long steaches of being fine , other wise I might have bopped bake to the Apple store and said "what gives"?
Late last month we had a brief power outage , and the thing is plugged straight into a wall socket . It may be coincidence ,but it was later that night that it first started acting up .

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Poster: august_wst Date: Apr 14, 2011 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

So I assume you have the Apple Airport Express? That power surge may well be the answer to your question. Leaving out evidence huh?! Damn hippies.

Are you still in the warranty window on the Airport unit? If so, you could always pop back to the Apple store and tell the, it's acting flaky, but don't elaborate... :)

Intermittent dropoffs point more toward the router than anything... but...

One more thing you can try though:
On your Mac go to -> Applications/Utilities
Run "Disk Utility"
Once it's running, select your Hard Drive in the left column
Make sure you are on the "First Aid" tab and choose "Repair Disk Permissions" on the bottom - this make take a little while to run, let it go.

This should be done once in a while anyway, especially after any OS related updates. The process will only run on Apple software and is very safe to do and helps eliminate "weird little problems". It's worth a shot before you replace the router.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 14, 2011 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

Thanks, I did this . Have to see if it will help the said problem, but It was a good idea/tip anyway , God knows what sort of weird quirks are lurking in this laptop .

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Apr 13, 2011 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

Dudley - I'm a mac guy too and I've been downloading wirelessly for some time now with no appreciable loss of speed from being cable connected. My download speeds are usually pretty good - depending on time of day, the site I'm using, and all the other usual suspects. What you do have to watch out for is interference from your other devices. my router was behaving erratically, frequently losing contact with the modem. After some head scratching I tracked down the problem to the fact that I'd put a cordless phone base too near the router. Moved the phone base - problem solved. Any chance it's a similar issue for you?

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 13, 2011 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

I don't think there is anything like that in my situation , but I will try to look for non-obvious things that may be confusing the router . Thank you RTWS .

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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Apr 13, 2011 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

I recently got an iMac and I'm still using my old linksys router and haven't had any problems with download speeds or disconnects. I've always used wireless due to the physical location of my cable modem and found my speeds generally top off at around 1.5MB/sec, not too bad if you ask me.

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Poster: splue Date: Apr 13, 2011 8:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

hullo DudleyDead, we use Windoze in our stores now but we had
some wireless connecting problems too. We moved our computer away from a wall that had alot of bricabrac on it and got it closer to the router, also we went to youtube to look at videos on how to configure routers properly, and that was quite helpful. if u have your router model number, u can enter that in yahoo search or google search and you can often find cool tech dudes who can give specific tips on your brand of router & how to make it work with your mac. Try the videos thing too tho cos it seems clearer that way!!

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 14, 2011 7:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

That is a good idea , to see if there are some quirks of setup that I may have missed . I had a friend of mine who is much more computer literate that I ( he teaches mac stuff at HS) and he was a little surprised by it .One of the reasons I tossed this out to you folks , is that sometimes someone comes up with something that no one thought of . The fact that this Mac Book is almost 5 years old , may have something to do with it . Thanks for the input .

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Apr 13, 2011 5:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wireless downloading vs Ethernet cable downloading

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